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FIRST ALERT: Rain likely for most of Thursday, severe weather possible on Friday

  • First Alert Day Thursday
  • First Alert Day Friday
  • Rain First, Storms Next

Showers will be on the increase Thursday, especially for areas west of Interstate 77. As the forecast continues to trend wetter, we have decided to issue a First Alert Day for Thursday in addition to Friday. Periods of rain will be fair game pretty much at any point during the day, with heavy pockets possible in western sections. These areas of rain will develop ahead of Friday's front.

Friday still appears to be the bigger concern, as a potent front will race across the region producing heavy, gusty showers with isolated strong to possibly even severe thunderstorms during the late afternoon and evening hours.  Along with the increased chance for late-week rain will be an increase in temperatures as well.  Afternoon readings on Thursday will be back up in the upper 50s to lower 60s, while the upper 60s return with the severe weather threat on Friday.  By the time the rain winds down Friday night, most of the Piedmont should have picked up a solid inch, while mountain communities could pick up twice that amount.

By the weekend, cooler weather will filter in as we dry out.  Sunshine returns on Saturday with highs near 50 degrees, but chillier 40s are anticipated for Sunday and MLK Day with overnight lows dipping into the 20s.

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

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